Eichhorn hits 1,000 but CFFP clips C-N

Burt Angeli | Iron Mountain Daily News Carney-Nadeau’s Hunter Eichhorn acknowledges fans after scoring his 1,000th career point Saturday at Forest Park.

By Burt Angeli

Iron Mountain Daily News

CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park blanketed Carney-Nadeau in a 51-38 Skyline Central Conference boys basketball decision Saturday at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.

The Trojans’ 2-3 zone defense yielded Hunter Eichhorn’s 1,000th career point Saturday but the rest of the “Senior Recognition” game was a defensive clinic. The Wolves shot 30 percent from the floor.

“I really felt we had a chance to win it,” said Trojans coach Chris Nocerini. “We had a good game plan for Eichhorn. The kids executed it.”

Last month, Eichhorn torched the Trojans (9-10, 4-7) for 36 points with five triples. He was held to 16 points and three treys Saturday.

“We stayed in that 2-3 zone,” Nocerini said. “We weren’t ready to do that the first time. We’re just too young. We were disciplined today and did an outstanding job.”

The Wolves (13-5, 9-4) scrapped to a 23-22 halftime edge and trailed 35-33 after three quarters. The Trojans took over with a 10-0 run over the final three minutes of the game.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well,” said C-N coach Jacob Polfus. “Forest Park did a nice job defensively.

“They pushed us out a little bit (with that 2-3 zone), and I’ve got to have more than one guy to attack. We’re looking too much for Eichhorn.”

Eichhorn entered the game with 985 career points. With 1:43 left in the third quarter, he drained a 3-pointer for his 16th of the game and 1,0001st of his career.

“Hunter is just a tremendous kid,” Polfus said of the three-year varsity starter and future Marquette University golfer. “Just like his golf game, he works tremendously hard. At whatever sport he does he wants to be a perfectionist at it.

“He spends an awful lot of time in the gym that’s just a credit to him.”

Hall of Fame coach Paul Polfus said Eichhorn became the 30th Carney-Nadeau High School basketball player, boys and girls, to reach 1,000 points.

Eichhorn did not score after reaching the milestone.

“We weren’t leaving him,” Nocerini said. “Whatever side he was on the top guy had to stay with him.

“We’ve given up more threes to Carney than any other school. I said we’re not going to do that today.”

Jacob Kleiman added 15 points for the Wolves.

“They were the more physical team and we’ve struggled with that all year,” said Jacob Polfus. “Teams being physical with us we tend to shy away from it and that’s something that Forest Park does well.”

After Kleiman sank two free throws to narrow the gap to 41-38 with 3:37 left, Trojans’ Josh Logan took a pass from sophomore Riley Hendrickson to trigger the 10-0 run.

‘We took care of the ball on offense,” Nocerini said. “Riley Hendrickson is gaining experience as a sophomore. He did a great job dribbling out the clock.”

Jacob Frisanco led the Trojans with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Logan added 11 points.

Daniel Nocerini, one of three seniors playing their final home game, tacked on nine points and seven rebounds. The other seniors are Dodge Isaacson and Casey Steiro.

“Great team win and what a great way to see the seniors out,” said the Trojans coach. “We had a 10 o’clock walk-through today and I think it helped a ton.”

On Tuesday, Forest Park travels to unbeaten North Central and Carney hosts Menominee.

Max Baumler’s 26 points sparked Carney-Nadeau’s junior varsity past Forest Park 53-27.

Carney Nadeau 12 11 10 5 — 38

Forest Park 13 9 13 16 — 51

Carney-Nadeau — Eichhorn 16, Kleiman 15, Linder 3, Belec 1, Janofski 2, Lauscher 3. FT: 10-16. F: 16. 3-point field goals: Eichhorn 3, Linder.

Forest Park — Hendrickson 2, Nylund 6, Josh Logan 11, Frisanco 13, Jonah Logan 4, Steiro 5, Isaacson 1, Nocerini 9. FT: 9-17. F: 14; 3-point field goals:Nylund 2, Josh Logan, Steiro.


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